Goss part of 'Reimagining Detroit' conversation

DETROIT — Skillman Foundation President & CEO Carol Goss envisions her future Detroit having " vibrant neighborhoods with strong schools designed to meet a wide variety of needs for our children." That was the resonating message during the panel discussion, which focused primarily on ideas of repositioning Detroit to move forward as a world-class city. The event, which was hosted by TIME Inc. and the Brookings Institution, was titled “Reimagining Detroit: Making Washington a Partner in Detroit’s Next Economy.”

The event was moderated by TIME’s " Assignment Detroit" correspondent Steven Gray and John Austin, Brookings non-resident senior fellow and vice president of the Michigan State Board of Education. Sharing the stage with Goss as panelists were Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and New Economy Initiative Chairman Steve Hamp.

The conversation took place Feb. 11 at the College for Creative Studies’ Argonaut Building. The audience of more than 200 was a diverse mix of people, including Detroit’s top leaders in community, business, government, philanthropy and education.

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Southwest Detroit (Vernor and Chadsey/Condon), Brightmoor, Osborn, Cody/Rouge and the Northend – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.